International Jazz Day will be celebrated as far away as Antarctica. The continent that contains 90 percent of all the ice on the planet and is the coldest. No fear. We hear the penguins have put together a dynamic bebop band for the occasion.
If you are not in the mood for traveling, the International Communications Association and the Dwyer Cultural Center (258 St. Nicholas Ave. at 123rd Street) will be celebrating the culmination of Jazz Appreciation Month (April) with its fourth annual International Jazz Day in Harlem.
The big jazz day from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. will celebrate the 100th birthday of jazz icons Dizzy Gillespie, Buddy Rich, Ella Fitzgerald, Thelonious Monk and Mongo Santamaria, with a swinging dance, listening and viewing party; a jazz themed exhibition of noted artists; and the 100th anniversary of the first jazz recording released, in 1917.
This writer will also be honored and will present a multi-media presentation of the five celebrated jazz icons.
Each guest will receive a 24-inch x 36-inch complimentary Thelonious Monk commemorative poster titled “Himself” by noted artist Gina Sampson.
Tickets are $20. For more information, call 212-222-3060 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lawrence D. “Butch” Morris, the cornetist, composer and conductor who died in 2013, was one of the musical geniuses of our time. His conducting of ensemble music from avant-garde to contemporary classical music and even poetry matured into a distinctive method of real-time orchestral composition, which he called Conduction.
Morris’ theory of Conduction extended into art, dance, poetry and cinema, which he introduced to communities of international musicians.
“The Art of Conduction” is a theoretical introduction and practical guide to Conduction. During the last years of his life, Morris worked to document his method in this book form. His untimely death left it unfinished. The manuscript was finally completed under the editorship of Daniela Veronesi.
May 1, at the Karma Gallery (188 E. Second St.) from 5:30 p.m.to 8 p.m., there will be a book presentation by Alessandro Cassin and Veronesi of Morris’ “The Art of Conduction—A Conduction Workbook.”
There will be a screening of Vipal Monga’s documentary “Black February” and performances by Hard Edge featuring the cornetist/leader Graham Haynes, the guitarist Brandon Ross and bassist Stomu Takeishi. For information, call 212-390-8290.
Later that evening from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Morris’ favorite performance spot, Nublu (151 Avenue C, Lower East Side), the Nublu Orchestra will perform, conducted by Graham Haynes with Brandon Ross and the drummer Kenny Wollesen, featuring the saxophonist Ilhan Ersahin, percussionist Mauro Refosco, multi-reed player Doug Wieselman, bassist Michael Kiaer and texts by Alan Graubard. For more information, call 646-546-5206.
The alto saxophonist Carl Bartlett Jr. was just beginning to kick up his heels on the jazz scene when we first met in 2011. Since then he has been quite busy developing his chops and reputation.
May 4, the young bandleader, composer and saxophonist continues his rich escalating journey as The Carl Bartlett Jr. Quartet performs at the small, famed jazz haven, Smalls Jazz Club (183 W. 10th St.).
The quartet will feature the pianist Paul Odeh, bassist Dominic Duval Jr. and the renowned drummer and composer Sylvia Cuenca, who has played with such notables as Jon Faddis, Kenny Barron, Dianne Reeves and Gary Bartz. He played four years with Joe Henderson and 17 years with trumpet legend Clark Terry.
Bartlett is also in the process of working on his sophomore CD. “This band is extraordinary because it taps into the philosophy of reaching diverse audiences through playing the jazz language,” says Bartlett. With all of his constant playing and perseverance, his star is constantly rising on the jazz skyline. He won second place in last year’s (2015-2016) International Songwriting Competition International Jazz Category, out of 18,500 entries from 120 countries.
Showtime is 10:30 p.m.to 1 a.m. There is a $20 cover charge. For information, call 646- 476-4346.
The 18th annual Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival, “A Music of the Spirit,” organized by the Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium, is in full bloom now through May 14. Central Brooklyn stakes it claim as an American Jazz Capital.
April 28, from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., it’s “Art of the Sextet, Music of the Jazz Messengers,” with the Jeff King Band at Jazz966, 966 Fulton St., Fort Greene, Brooklyn.
April 29 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. the Youth Jazz Jamboree/Wellness Day takes place at Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Plaza, 1368 Fulton St. It’s free to the public.
That same evening (two sets, at 9 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.), Ahmed Abdullah’s Diaspora performs at Sistas’ Place (456 Nostrand Ave.). The production is called “Sun Ra Returns” and features tenor saxophonist Don Chapman, pianist/vocalist Donald Smith, bassist Radu Ben Judah, drummer Reggie Nicholson, vocalist/poet Monique Ngozi Nri and choreographer/dancer, Mickey Davidson.
“Sun Ra Returns” is a jazz opera conceived by former Sun Ra Arkestra trumpeter Ahmed Abdullah, who has been the music director of Sistas’ Place since 1998 and teaches music at PS 3 and the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. For reservations, call 718-398-1766 or visit www.sistasplace.org.
May 5, 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., the drummer and composer Brandon Sanders and the Swing Machine, with saxophonist Vincent Herring, will raise the roof at 966 Fulton St., Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Tickets are $15. For information, call 917-593-9776 or 718-638-6910 or visit www.jazz966.com.
May 6, 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., Medgar Evers College, 1650 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn, will host Jazz: The Women’s Viewpoint, Jazz Salon. The pianist/composer and arranger Michele Rosewoman will have a panel discussion on “Diversity, Music & Unity.” For information, call 917-744-9391 or visit the website email@example.com.
The CBJC Gala Concert, May 11 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Weeksville Heritage Center, 158 Buffalo Ave., will feature keynote speaker Rob Crocker (WBGO_jazz radio), with the noted trumpeter and composer Duane Eubanks and his quintet. For information and tickets, visit the website firstname.lastname@example.org.
For complete schedule, visit the website www.cbjcjazz.org.